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Old 11-09-2011
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Tunisia A question from Tunisia :)

Hello !

I’m a resident in immunology from Tunisia, I want to do a neurosurgery residency
I’m not officially graduated yet because of thesis achievement, which is a formality here.
I’ll be able to complete one in maybe 6 months.
Anyway, I just received my USMLE step1 scores: 239/85.
And I’m wondering if it’s possible to apply then begin residency before completing the next steps?
I think I’ll need some experience in US before being able to take the step2 CS!
So I’m asking about the best option:
- if it is possible, begin the residency in the US while completing the next steps.
- try directly the other steps.
- find a scholarship for a master/PhD in neuroscience (the step1 just ruined me ;o ) ,
which I will anyway need since I want to do research too.
Thanks a lot !
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Welcome to the forum, you are the first poster from Tunisia!

You cannot start residency before you become ECFMG certified.

To become ECFMG certified, you need to pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS.

Neurosurgery is very competitive specialty. You need very high scores, connections, research, and USCE.

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well thanks for the quick answer !
Am I really the first Tunisian! This is a REVOLUTION
well my scores are not so high as you see,
but the thesis that Iím preparing is about a new immune cells implications multiple sclerosis, that a good point for me I guess !
so, may i apply directly to a residency program, knowing that Iím not actually fully graduted in my country.

thanks again, and sorry for my approximate English
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Technically you can apply. But practically, nobody will send you interviews before you are fully ECFMG certified.

Your thesis, definitely help. But you have to be ECFMG certified before having some serious chances.

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